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Geology Department

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Experiential by its very nature, Geology is hands-on at Guilford. Topics covered include rocks, minerals, fossils, Earth history, plate tectonics, climate and weather, rivers and groundwater, oceans, mapping, sedimentology, natural hazards and environmental science. From your first Geology courses to your capstone classes that could land you in Egypt, you'll be out in the field studying rocks, structures, fossils and the environment.

Students engage in original laboratory work where they design their own experiments and research, which is presented at professional meetings or national conferences. Numerous study abroad experiences in places including Bhutan, Australia, Costa Rica, the Galapagos Islands, Tanzania, Italy, Germany and Ecuador can be tailored to individual interests.

The Geology program establishes a firm academic and experiential foundation in Geology that serves as a springboard to graduate study, professional Geology and employment in industry, teaching, art, environmental science, creative writing, law, resource management and geography.

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College Catalog

For more information about courses for the Geology Department, visit the online, searchable College Catalog. The Undergraduate Catalog also includes academic department and major information, academic regulations and resources, admission standards and requirements, and tuition, fees, and financial aid information.

Majors and Minors

"From calling professors by their first names, to commitment to respect and sustainability, Guilford showed me that it was possible to live the Quaker principles in a practical way. It helped to serve as a model for me in the way I teach, interact with others, and simply live my life."

Jennifer Fierro '08
Earth Sciences instructor, University of South Dakota
  • Geology and Earth Sciences Major: The A.B. in Geology and Earth Sciences allows flexibility for students interested in working in careers such as environmental, teaching, law, museums and technical writing. It requires a minimum of 48 credit hours.
  • Geology and Earth Sciences Major: The B.S. is generally required for graduate studies in geology or those seeking employment in such fields as geology, environmental science, geography, oceanography, paleontology, hydrology or geophysics. This program requires a minimum of 60 credit hours.
  • Environmental Geology Track: Students pursuing either an A.B. or B.S. in Geology may choose the track in environmental geology. It provides a strong background in geology but is designed for students interested in environmental consulting or pursuing graduate study in an environmental field.
  • Earth Science Minor: The Earth Science minor is designed for students majoring in disciplines outside geology who would like to gain significant experience in the geological sciences. It requires 16 credit hours.

Geology Department News and Events

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School of Rock(s)

School of Rock(s)

Rain or shine, Geology 121 students dress for success wearing run-down sneakers and rain boots, tattered tees, and shorts, making them prepared to do whatever it takes to understand geology.

Rockstar Educator

Rockstar Educator

For Assistant Professor of Geology Holly Peterson, hands-on learning and field trips are more than an occasional treat for her students.

Metamorphic Learning

Metamorphic Learning

Assistant Professor of Geology Holly Peterson makes studying geophysical methods, the field of tectonics, and the deformation of rocks in the earth’s crust an exciting experience.

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Dave Dobson

Dave Dobson

Professor of Geology

Marlene McCauley

Marlene McCauley

Charles A Dana Professor of Geology and Sustainable Food Systems

Holly Peterson

Holly Peterson

Associate Professor of Geology